Charles Lindbergh House and Museum
1620 Lindbergh Drive S.
Little Falls, MN 56345

Hours

Closed until May 26, 2018 except for special events. Call 320-616-5421 for group tours and school field trips year-round.
 
May 26 - Sept 3, 2018:
Thu-Sat 10 am-5 pm
Sun Noon-5 pm
 
Open Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day, 10 am-5 pm
 
September 2018:
Sat 10 am-5 pm
 
 

 

Admission

  • $8 adults
  • $6 seniors
  • $6 veterans and active military
  • $6 college students
  • $6 children ages 5-17
  • Free for children age 4 and under and MNHS members

Contact

320-616-5421

Restoring Home

The restoration of the Lindbergh family home was one of the first Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects in Little Falls. Built in 1906, the house was heavily damaged by souvenir-seekers when the young flyer became a worldwide celebrity in 1927.

Lindbergh’s boyhood friend Martin Engstrom remembered:

"People were just wild—they acted like they were mad around here. He’d landed there in Paris. . . The minute he landed over there, I loaded up a bunch of lumber, nails, some padlocks, and came down to the home. I boarded up the windows, went down in the basement and put a big bar across the double garage doors, nailed that down with some 20-penny nails, and was pretty well satisfied that they can’t get in because we didn’t want anybody in there. I hadn’t been home any more than a half hour and somebody called up and said ‘you know people are in that home down there.’ I got in my truck and I went down, and there were all kinds of people in there. They boosted a guy up and cracked that big window."

Charles A. Lindbergh's boyhood home 1930Souvenir seekers stormed the house and scratched their names into woodwork, broke windows and damaged or carried off the few Lindbergh furnishings left by the family when they vacated the home. According to Victor Christgau, head of the WPA in Minnesota, "Lindbergh’s birthplace soon became an unprotected mecca for his admirers and within a very short time a great damage had been done by souvenir collectors.”  In 1931, the Lindbergh family gave the house and its adjoining property to the state of Minnesota, mainly so it could receive some form of protection.

When the restoration project began in 1936, it was to cost $23,777 and would employ between 40 and 50 men throughout the summer. The WPA teamed up with the State Park Commission to do the project. According to a 1937 WPA progress report, the house was repainted, missing foundation stones replaced and broken furniture repaired or replaced. They also added new elements, which the Minnesota Historical Society removed many years’ later, such as a front and side stairway and concrete front walk. The management of the house and adjoining property was turned over to the Minnesota Historical Society in 1969, and it became a National Historic Landmark the following year.